Opioid overdoses increased by roughly 30% across the US in just 14 months between 2016 and 2017, according to a new report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). All five USA regions experienced increases. "The quick moving opioid overdose epidemic proceeds and is quickening".
There were "large and steady increases" in cities, where the hospitals saw a 54 percent spike in overdoses, the CDC reported. The hop was driven to a limited extent by a 109 percent expansion in Wisconsin.
The rate varied by state, with rural/urban differences, with eight states reporting increases of 25% or greater in the rate of opioid overdose ED visits.
"This fast-moving epidemic affects both men and women, and people of every age".
Nearly 100 people are dying every day across America from opioid overdoses - more than auto crashes and shootings combined.
The report didn't determine why overdoses change around the nation.
That report did not specify any local numbers for overdose cases, but 2 On Your Side did learn that our local physicians and other health care professionals are seeking ways to reduce such cases.
"We think that the number of people addicted to opioids is relatively stable". "The margin of error for taking one of these substances is small now and people may not know what they have".
"The heroin and illicit drug supply has gotten even more unsafe than it used to be", she said, adding that the drugs are so toxic that paramedics and police are at risk of poisoning themselves. "It is anxious that 20 years into this epidemic, it is as yet deteriorating".
America's opioid crisis is growing and it's hitting across demographic groups.
But treating an emergency does not solve the deep, underlying problems of opioid use disorder, according to experts.
"It's kind of like pointing to a burning building and saying, 'Oh, there's a fire there". "We have worked to kind of develop affiliations with five different treatment organizations across Western New York that have worked with us and given us the ability to start for appropriate patients medication assistance treatment right in the emergency department and then rapidly link them into appointments - typically within 72 hours of the time they're in the emergency department".
Others say the key is incorporating fixation treatment better into the social insurance framework.
"We want there to be more hand-off in the emergency department between resuscitation or saving a life and addressing the longer-term needs for that individual or their support system", she said.
"We needed all the more opportune data", Schuchat says.
The CDC study looked at emergency room data for opioid overdoses, for the period between July 2016 and September 2017; with the CDC citing that information gathered from records of emergency room visits offered a more in-depth analysis than comparisons of opioid-related death rates.
The report compiled from emergency departments in 45 states found overdoses rose 109 percent in Wisconsin, 66 percent in IL, 35 percent in IN, 28 percent in OH and 21 percent in Missouri. There was a 32 percent increase among those 55 and older.
However, 63,632 people died of drug overdose deaths in 2016 in the United States, a 21.4 percent increase from 2015, the CDC said. Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Delaware and IL reported an uptick of 50 percent or more, the report said. Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island also experienced less than 10 percent decreases. In Kentucky, the CDC's analysis showed a 15 percent drop in overdoses. A handful of states, such as Kentucky, saw modest decreases but researchers were only cautiously optimistic. In a moment, we'll hear about the first long-term study looking at how effective opioids are treating common kinds of chronic pain. "The quantity of Americans encountering opioid overdoses is as yet expanding". NPR health correspondent Rob Stein has the details.
"What happens when you do that, without decreasing the demand for opioids?"
STEIN: That's Anne Schuchat, the CDC's acting director.